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Healthboard launches 'concern clinics' for patients

Serious concerns over neglect have been raised at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend Credit: ITV News

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board is holding clinics for patients and relatives to discuss issues about care.

It follows claims of serious neglect at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

The 'concern clinics' will let patients, relatives and carers share their concerns with senior clinicians and health board executives.

Clinics will be held at the Princess of Wales Hospital between 5pm and 7pm on 24th and 27th February and 4th and 5th of March.

Paul Roberts, the health board's chief executive, said: "We want to meet patients, relatives and carers who have serious concerns about care and who feel they have not yet had the answers they need. We will listen and learn from them and we hope some will also agree to work with us to make changes."

Football stars to launch school sports programme

The programme will involve 570 schools in South Wales that will benefit 28,000 pupils Credit: ITV Wales

Former Cardiff and Swansea footballers Scott Young and Lee Trundle will be at Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Cwm Garw in Bridgend later to launch a new programme aimed at improving participation in sports and football.

The programme will set aside £600,000 over the next 3 years, providing coaching for children to improve their fundamental movement skills.

The focus will be on ensuring the programme raises enthusiasm for physical activity and increases participation in football and sports in general.


Public meeting to be held amid calls for enquiry into failings at Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend

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Action Against Medical Accidents is holding a public meeting after failings Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

A public meeting is to be held later amid calls for an enquiry into a series of failings at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend.

Peter Walsh from Action Against Medical Accidents is holding the meeting, after attention has been brought to a number of incidents at the hospital.

On Monday ITV News reported on claims of serious neglect at the hospital

Paul Roberts, the Chief Executive of the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, will be attending.

ABMU Health Board: 'Urgent review' after man's death

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board says it will investigate after a man died at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend following a wait of four hours in an ambulance.

We are deeply saddened to report the death of a patient in the Emergency Department of the Princess of Wales Hospital on 16th January. We wish to express our sincere condolences to the patient’s family.

The patient was admitted to the department at 11 am, and two hours later became suddenly very unwell. Despite efforts by staff to resuscitate him, he later died.

Prior to being admitted to the department, the patient was in an ambulance, attended by paramedics, for over four hours.

The Princess of Wales Hospital Emergency Department was extremely busy at the time, and unfortunately there were delays admitting patients as a result.

The patient was assessed by a doctor while in the ambulance.

The Coroner has been informed of his death, and the Health Board is carrying out an urgent review of the case to ascertain what lessons can be learned, and if this very sad death could have been avoided. It is too early at this stage to comment any further.

– Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Gravestone technology helping to keep history alive

by Joe Davies

The son of a late merchant seaman has helped to develop an interactive experience for people visiting his father's grave in Bridgend.

Charles Davies served in the Arctic Convoys during the second world war - dubbed the 'Suicide Missions' by many taking part - and survived the infamous PQ17 'Convoy to Hell'.

Mr Davies died in 2012 - but now, thanks to his son Joe, anyone with a smartphone or tablet computer can learn more about what he did during the Second World War.


Rob's story of success: managing to lose 29 stone...

Many of us are thinking of shedding a few pounds at this time of year, but one man has gone a lot further than that.

Just eighteen months ago, Rob Gillett tipped the scales at an incredible 41 stone - but he now weights just twelve.

Since losing the weight, he's run a 10k race and now has a personal trainer. He did it through exercising and following a strict low calorie LighterLife diet.

Nicola Hendy meets him.

Bridgend man celebrates losing 29 stone

Rob's life was at risk due to his obesity

He's a quarter of the man he once was. Over the last seventeen months, Rob Gillet from Bridgend has undergone a huge transformation and managed to lose twenty nine stone.

At his heaviest Rob was morbidly obese, and even in danger of dying in his sleep. Today, he weighs just over 12 stone, using a combination of the low calorie LighterLife diet and exercise to shed the pounds.

Rob lost weight over a period of seventeen months
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